Categories are too rigid, hierarchical filing systems are brittle, and private metadata doesn't benefit the commons.

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Tag an Object

A user wants to attach their own keyword or set of keywords to an object for organization and later retrieval.

Find with Tags

A user wants to find objects associated with a specific concept or term.

Tag Cloud

With sufficient tags in a system it becomes possible to present the most popular tags as a browsing aid.

Why Use This Pattern?

Enabling people to freely invent their own keyword tags can lead to a collaboratively curated folksonomy that may help others find what they're looking for.